New name on agenda of Le Pen's far-right party

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Friday her National Front party needs a name change because it has become "adult" and ready to govern. "Let them call you racists".

He also praised Le Pen's vision of a political spectrum that is no longer left- right but nationalists versus globalists.

Bannon spoke only about the 28-year-old neice at the joint news conference with Marechal-Le Pen.

The one-time White House strategist, who is often credited with helping Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016, told the group, "The tide of history is with us, and it will compel us to victory after victory after victory", The Washington Post reported.

In the presidential election, it appeared this strategy paid off, as Le Pen gained more than 10 million votes (33.9 per cent) in the final round, despite her freaky and catastrophic performance in a debate with Macron, which cost her support.

Bannon, an American nationalist who ran the right-wing Breitbart News, was among Trump's closest aides during the 2016 USA election campaign, the presidential transition and his first months in office. He was ousted from the White House a year ago amid tensions and stepped down as chairman of Breitbart News Network in January after a public break with Trump.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon addresses members of the far right National Front party at the party congress in the northern French city of Lille, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is set to propose a name change for the National Front, part of a makeover created to make the anti-immigration party relevant again after she was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in the presidential race.

A new name, leadership structure and bylaws are being unveiled at the conference this weekend with the aim of the party becoming relevant again.

The National Front was co-founded in 1972 by her father, the convicted Holocaust denier Jean-Marie Le Pen, who continues to refer to Nazi gas chambers as a "detail" in the history of World War II.

Speaking today at the conference, leader of the FN, Marine Le Pen, said: "Our individual and collective commitments go towards a cause that is greater than us".

He called the Italy vote "an earthquake" that has boosted far-right movements across Europe.

"The National Front has changed in nature". It won more seats in the European Parliament than any other French party in 2014.

A recent opinion poll by Kantar Sofres confirmed the diagnosis: 55 per cent of respondents said they did not wish Le Pen to be the FN candidate at the next presidential election, and less than one in five believed she inspired confidence. She bowed out of politics after her aunt's presidential defeat, but is expected to come back in a new role.

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